2016 Annual Snapshot

2016 Annual Snapshot

This is my annual Snapshot. I also do ones I do every month, and I have already published my regular one today.

It amazes me to see how much things change from one year to the next.  I’m also going to compare some different things than I do in the monthly ones. I’ll use the data I take on January 1st of each of the years, except for some of the broader topics (like number of Kindle models).

Titles in the Kindle store

  • 2016 (taken January 1 2017): 4,972,110 (+19%)
  • 2015 (taken January 1 2016): 4,168,071 (+34%)
  • 2014 (taken January 1 2015): 3,104,676 (+32%)
  • 2013 (taken January 1 2014): 2,351,139 (+40%)
  • 2012 (taken January 1 2013): 1,805,001 (+55%)
  • 2011 (taken January 1 2012): 1,165,654 (+52%)
  • 2010 (taken January 1 2011): 766,131 (+91%)
  • 2009 (taken January 1 2010) : 401,773
Magazines
  • 2016 (taken January 1 2017): 1,378 (+201%)
  • 2015 (taken January 1 2016): 684 (+7%)
  • 2014 (taken January 1 2015): 638 (-5%)
  • 2013 (taken January 1 2014): 670 (+14%)
  • 2012 (taken January 1 2013): 586 (+58%)
  • 2011 (taken January 1 2012): 370 (+400%)
  • 2010 (taken January 1 2011): 74 (+72.1%)
  • 2009 (taken January 1 2010) : 43
Newspapers
  • 2016 (taken January 1 2017): 158 (-7%)
  • 2015 (taken January 1 2016): 169 (-3%)
  • 2014 (taken January 1 2015): 175 (-1%)
  • 2013 (taken January 1 2014): 176 (-12%)
  • 2012 (taken January 1 2013): 200  (+6%)
  • 2011 (taken January 1 2012): 188 (+23%)
  • 2010 (taken January 1 2011): 153 (+72.1%)
  • 2009 (taken January 1 2010) : 89
Blogs
  • 2016 (taken January 1 2017): 15,969 (+6%)
  • 2015 (taken January 1 2016): 15,122 (+5%)
  • 2014 (taken January 1 2015): 14,392 (+3%)
  • 2013 (taken January 1 2014): 14,030 (+7%)
  • 2012 (taken January 1 2013): 13,110  (-3%)
  • 2011 (taken January 1 2012): 13,571 (+22%)
  • 2010 (taken January 1 2011): 11,087 (+39%)
  • 2009 (taken January 1 2010) : 7,992

Percentage of books from one penny to fifty dollars that are under $10

  • 2016 (taken January 1 2017): 86.9% (+1.9%)
  • 2015 (taken January 1 2016): 85.0% (-3%)
  • 2014 (taken January 1 2015): 88% (-.1%)
  • 2013 (taken January 1 2014): 88.1% (-1.8%)
  • 2012 (taken January 1 2013):  89.9% (+.9%)
  • 2011 (taken January 1 2012): 89.0% (+.2%)
  • 2010 (taken January 1 2011): 88.8% (+5.7$)
  • 2009 (taken January 1 2010) : 83.1%

Kindle/Fire/Echo models available new from Amazon in the USA

  • 2016 (taken January 1 2017):  …prices listed are the non-discounted ones Amazon lists in the “family stripe” (the lowest price, typically with Special Offers, the lowest memory, and no 4G), and may change any time: Kindle ($79.99), Kindle Paperwhite 3 ($119.99), Kindle Voyage ($199.99), Kindle Oasis ($289.99), Kindle Paperwhite Bundle ($179.97), Fire ($49.99), Fire HD 8 ($89.99), Fire HD 10 ($229.99), Fire Kids’ Edition ($99.99), Fire TV Stick ($39.99), Fire TV ($89.99), Fire TV+HD Bundle ($99.99…listed as a $116.97 value), Fire TV Gaming Edition ($129.99), Echo Dot ($49.99), Amazon Echo ($179.99), Amazon Tap ($129.99)
  • 2015 (taken January 1 2016): …prices listed are the non-discounted ones Amazon lists in the “family stripe” (the lowest price, typically with Special Offers, the lowest memory, and no 4G), and may change any time: Kindle ($79), Kindle Paperwhite 3 ($119.99), Kindle Voyage ($199.99), Kindle for Kids Bundle ($99.99), Fire tablet (least expensive model: $49.99), Fire HD 6 ($99.99), Fire HD8 ($149.99), Fire HD 10 ($299.99), Fire Kids Edition ($99.99), Fire TV Stick ($39.99), Fire TV 2nd gen ($99.99), Fire TV Gaming Edition ($139.99), Fire TV+HD Antenna Bundle ($124.99), Amazon Echo ($179.99)
  • 2014 (taken January 1 2015)…prices listed are the non-discounted ones Amazon lists in the “family stripe” (the lowest price, typically with Special Offers, the lowest memory, and no 4G), and may change any time Kindle ($79 model, the “Mindle Touch”), Kindle Paperwhite 2 ($119), Kindle Voyage ($199), Fire HD 6 ($99), Fire HD 7 ($139), Fire HD Kids Edition ($189), Fire HDX ($239), Fire HDX 8.9″ ($379). Other devices in the “family”: Fire TV ($99), Fire TV Stick ($39), Fire Phone $449 (unlocked GSM)
  • 2013 (taken January 1 2014)…prices listed are the ones Amazon lists in the “family stripe” (the lowest price, typically with Special Offers, the lowest memory, and no 4G), and may change any time: Kindle ($69 model…the “Mindle”), Kindle Paperwhite 2nd generation wi-fi only ($119 with Special Offers), Kindle Paperwhite 2nd generation with 3G ($189), Kindle DX ($199), Kindle Fire HD 2nd generation ($139), Kindle Fire HDX 7″ ($229), Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ ($379), and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ ($229)
  • 2012 (taken January 1 2013): Kindle ($69 model…the “Mindle”), Kindle Keyboard, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire 7″ 2nd generation Standard Definition, Kindle Fire 7″ HD, Kindle Fire 8.9″ HD
  • 2011 (taken January 1 2012): Kindle  ($79/$109 model…the “Mindle”), Kindle Keyboard (formerly the Kindle 3), Kindle Touch, Kindle DX, Kindle Fire
  • 2010 (taken January 1 2011): Kindle 3, Kindle DX
  • 2009 (taken January 1 2010) : Kindle 2, Kindle DX

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

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2 Responses to “2016 Annual Snapshot”

  1. Man in the Middle Says:

    I find it interesting that the percentage of Kindle books selling for under $10 continued to increase in the past year, despite an apparent push by big publishers to almost double their list prices for Kindle books, especially those they hope to sell as textbooks.

    Presumably that means I’m far from the only Kindle reader who waits until they see reason and offer a good sale price, meanwhile enjoying dozens of entirely-adequate substitutes at prices of $1-5, or free via Kindle Unlimited.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Man!

      Yes, absolutely…if tradpub (traditional publisher) books rise in price, as we can see with the New York Times bestseller hardback fiction equivalents I track (a very small rise this year, but it’s a trend), and the under $10s overall increase, it suggests that the number of non-tradpub books is increasing (not necessarily that people are buying them). Note also that when I do that under Prime stat, I don’t count freebies. KU (and Prime Reading) books do have prices and can be piece-purchased, so they aren’t affecting the price stat (unless they raise the prices on piece-buyers, which is possible).

      I thought new novel tradpubbed prices might rise more quickly than they have so far, but they still may.

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